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San Juan del Obispo, GT (near Antigua): La Cocina del Obispo – Terrific torrejas and Guatemalan enchiladas

rworange | Feb 24, 201102:43 PM     1

I have to thank Antigua Daily Photo (ADP) for leading me to this restaurant because there is no other mention of it on the web. ADP writes …

“Cocina del Obispo is a great place to try out all the different Guatemala stews and typical dishes. Cocina del Obispo is a traditional house that is converted into a restaurant on the weekends; therefore all the dining tables are spread between garden, patios and dining room"

From another post …

“The restaurant is family owned and opens only on the weekends. You’d be amazed on the variety of food … they even have been awarded a first prize for the best Pepián in Antigua Guatemala!”
More about the pepian in the details … I had lunch here with a Guatemalan friend and his mother and learned about different regional styles of this dish.

This is a casual restaurant set in a beautiful garden with apricot, passion fruit and other tropical trees. Colorful bougainvillea giddily cascades everywhere. There are two large lorocos (oops, parrots) in a cage. Hummingbirds are busy buzzing the pretty posies when they aren’t fighting the finches for flowers.

A weekend special costs 80 quetzales ($10) and includes: enchilada Chapina (like a Mexican tostada), picado de rabano (chopped radish salad), tortillas, choice of soups (pepian, subanik or caldo de gallina), lomito asado (grilled beef), Guatemalan tacos or chile relleno, guacamol, plantanitos fritos, frijoles volteados and coffee. We were stuffed silly.

Still, I wanted to try the torrejas, a dessert that has mainly under whelmed me. I finally see the light about torrejas.

Here's what we had rated from A+ to F -

A …... Torrejas en miel

A - … Enchilada Chapina
A - … Lomito asado (grilled beef)

B + … Picado de rabano (chopped radish salad)
B + … Pepian

B …... Chile relleno

B - …. Subanik
B - …. Guatemalan Tacos
B - …. Guacamol
B - …. Plantanitos fritos
B - …. Frijoles volteados
B - …. White rice
B - …. Tortillas

A - … Orangeade
B …... Sangria
B - …. Coffee (café de altura)
B - …. Beer

Some of these dishes might earn a higher grade, but I’m not familiar enough with them to say how above average they are … but I know they were very good.

Service: B + … Very, very good
Ambiance: B + … Very, very good
Price: $$

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